Letter, 17 December

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    Fort Sumter, Decr 17th 1863 Major W. H. Echols Chief Engr S. C. Major, I have the honor to report that there was no firing on the Fort during the last 24 hours. The Negroes were engaged from 5 p.m. to 12 p.m. and again from 7 a.m. to 11 and from 12 to 2 p.m. today in mining in the 2nd tier of casemates W face into S.W. stairway; in filling mess rooms 2nd story, S.E. angle over timber blindage for bomb proof; in revetting with gabions and extending N.E. angle of central bomb proof; in opening passage into S.W. magazine; in adding earth to epaulment over ruins of W. mess rooms, in S. W. angle to repair damage to gorge wall by late fire; in revetting with gabions foot of slope of old bomb proof entrance to N. lower casemates; in mining passage through old mess rooms in S.W. angle, and in preparing for galling in N and N.E. casemates by cleaning away debris. Garrison details worked from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. employed in continuing to work in some of the placed mentioned, and in bringing sand bags from wharf to interior of Fort, and in removing [End Page 1] removing lumber from wharf. Water was thrown in large quantities into the passage leading into the magazine and into the room used by the Commissary by means of a long wooden pipe. Fifty additional hands arrived last night in charge of overseer Saunders who is retained until an overseer can be sent to take his place. Howitzer was mounted this morning on platform prepared for it in old position N casemate of W. face. Capt. Jno. Johnson is sick. I remain with much respect, Yr Old [illegible] FM Hall Asst. Engineer [End Page 2]
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    Fort Sumter, Decr 17th 1863 Major W. H. Echols Chief Engr S. C. Major, I have the honor to report that there was no firing on the Fort during the last 24 hours. The Negroes were engaged from 5 p.m. to 12 p.m. and again from 7 a.m. to 11 and from 12 to 2 p.m. today in mining in the 2nd tier of casemates W face into S.W. stairway; in filling mess rooms 2nd story, S.E. angle over timber blindage for bomb proof; in revetting with gabions and extending N.E. angle of central bomb proof; in opening passage into S.W. magazine; in adding earth to epaulment over ruins of W. mess rooms, in S. W. angle to repair damage to gorge wall by late fire; in revetting with gabions foot of slope of old bomb proof entrance to N. lower casemates; in mining passage through old mess rooms in S.W. angle, and in preparing for galling in N and N.E. casemates by cleaning away debris. Garrison details worked from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. employed in continuing to work in some of the placed mentioned, and in bringing sand bags from wharf to interior of Fort, and in removing [End Page 1] removing lumber from wharf. Water was thrown in large quantities into the passage leading into the magazine and into the room used by the Commissary by means of a long wooden pipe. Fifty additional hands arrived last night in charge of overseer Saunders who is retained until an overseer can be sent to take his place. Howitzer was mounted this morning on platform prepared for it in old position N casemate of W. face. Capt. Jno. Johnson is sick. I remain with much respect, Yr Old [illegible] FM Hall Asst. Engineer [End Page 2]
Title:
Letter, 17 December
Date:
1863-12-17
Collection:
Daily reports, 1863 Dec. 17-23
Contributing Institution:
South Carolina Historical Society
Media Type:
Manuscripts
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Echols, William H., d. 1909, Hall, F. M.
Topical Subject:
Fortification South Carolina, Fort Sumter (Charleston, S.C.), Slave labor, Slaves--United States, Slavery--South Carolina
Geographic Subject:
Charleston (S.C.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865, United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865, United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--African Americans, United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Participation, African American, United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865—Sources, Confederate States of America. Engineer Bureau, Confederate States of America. Engineer Dept, Confederate States of America--Defenses, Confederate States of America--History, Confederate States of America--History, Military, Confederate States of America—History—Sources
Language:
English
Series:
South Carolinians at Work
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.)
Internet Media Type:
image/jpeg
Copyright Status Statement:
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